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LIS-S 500 Methods for the Information Professions

3 credits

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Delivery: Online
  • Semesters offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 2
    The above are the semesters this course is generally offered. View the course schedule to confirm.
  • This course covers methods used in the information professions. Students learn principles and concepts for organization and classification; develop information retrieval strategies; determine resources for information professionals; identify accessibility needs; evaluate collections, facilities, and services; and conduct preparatory work for research.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Produce standard citations for bibliographic work.
    2. Distinguish common organizational concepts (e.g., taxonomy and folksonomy).
    3. Assess the principles of consistency and uniformity (authority control) in classification.
    4. Evaluate information collections, facilities, and services using qualitative and quantitative methods.
    5. Appraise various metadata practices and how records are created, preserved, and made accessible.
    6. Complete preparatory work for designing and conducting research.
    7. Construct conceptual frameworks for relational database design.
    8. Determine accessibility needs for digital resources.
    9. Analyze issues in access, organization, promotion, copyright, and censorship.
    10. Communicate evaluation results effectively in oral, textual, graphic, and numeric formats.
    11. Use technology tools to access and publish online resources.